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PlantFiles: Darrow's Blueberry, Scrub Blueberry
Vaccinium darrowii

Family: Ericaceae (er-ek-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Vaccinium (vak-SIN-ee-um) (Info)
Species: darrowii (dar-ROW-ee-eye) (Info)

2 vendors have this plant for sale.

One member has or wants this plant for trade.

Edible Fruits and Nuts

12-18 in. (30-45 cm)
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:
Pale Pink
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Winter/Early Spring


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Soil pH requirements:
4.5 or below (very acidic)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:
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2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Fires_in_motion On Dec 7, 2013, Fires_in_motion from Vacherie, LA (Zone 9a) wrote:

One of the best plants ever. First of all, I completely disagree with this page's statement "Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings." This is one of the only blueberry species that prefers dry soil. Here in rainy south Louisiana, the one I have in an undersized pot is looking much better than the one of identical size and origin that I have planted in the ground. The one in the ground gets lots of water since it's right by the edge of a gutterless roof.
I once read an article in a book about landscaping using native plants that recommended doing away with grass yards in favor of meadow-type plantings of this species and a few others. I couldn't agree more. Amazing radiant crimson fall color to boot.

Positive ButterflyGardnr On Jan 9, 2003, ButterflyGardnr from Orlando, FL (Zone 9b) wrote:

This plant will form a dense shrub and provide small fruits that are edible, though usually the birds find the ripe berries first. The flowers are white to pale pink and bell-shaped, forming along the branches. It likes a moist, well-drained, acidic soil. My soil is fairly alkaline and requires amendments for the blueberry bushes. I dump old coffee grounds around the base of the plant. It will grow in sandy soils, though the lack of nutrients there may cause the leaves to get a rusty-red tinge to them, which can be quite attractive.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Newberry, Florida
Oldsmar, Florida

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